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We think this rocker is about 70 to 100 years old.  It is 38in tall and 31 in wide ( seat).  We would like to know how old, kind of wood, manufacturer, should we keep the springs in the seat?
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Probably manufactured at Capital City Chair Company around 1915-1920.  Wood is birch and figured birch stained from the factory with a water based or aniline dye to resemble mahogany.

as to springs.  to test them take one coil, put on a flat surface, slowly compress with your hand, about one third down you should feel resistance, if not replace them.  an upholstery person will want to eliminate the springs and do foam.  springs are better, done right on webbing and tied 8 way by any older upholsterer that cares about how things should be.

looking at the springs again , toss them, there are not enough for good support and they may have been replacements anyhow.

when restoring, go back with a mahogany stain, more of a brown mahognay looks best, not red.  do very limited sanding after stripping with lacquer thinner think of it as wiping with sandpaper, 180/220 grit at the most.

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